African Sunrise – Rahn Burton

A medium even-8ths song with a long form, based on a rhythmic call-and-response vamp. First recorded by Rahn in a duo setting with young bass phenom Daryl Johns.

Rahn Burton

February 10, 1934 – January 25, 2013

Rahn Burton is best known for his work as the pianist for Rahsaan Roland Kirk, but his charismatic piano and composition skills made him a notable figure in jazz in his own right. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1934, Rahn (originally spelled "Ron") began his professional career in the 1950s. In 1953, he began his legendary collaboration with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and began a tour with him throughout the Midwest for six years. One of Rahsaan's earliest albums for Argo includes a Rahn Burton original, which highlighted the talents of the young composer. He toured with George Adams during the mid-1960s playing organ throughout New York, Syracuse and Louisville. He worked in Atlanta with Sirone before rejoining Kirk in the late 1960s. He toured and made several recordings with him until the mid-1970s before parting ways. Read more...

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